What is Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry?
Chemistry is the fundamental science that deals with the “three Cs” – the composition of matter, the changes that transform matter, and the conditions under which those changes occur. The study of fundamental Chemistry allows us to increase our total knowledge and understanding of our universe, our environment, and indeed life itself. Applied Chemistry uses our understanding of fundamental Chemistry to improve the way in which we live, work, and develop.
Analytical Chemistry deals with the great variety of methods used to identify and quantify the chemical components of materials, while pharmaceutical chemistry focuses on aspects of drug design, synthesis, and manufacture.
About the Course
CR007 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
Courses in Chemistry at CIT have provided many of the highly skilled personnel at various levels required by the industry. School leavers are offered a flexible and attractive route through an extremely diverse science. The BSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry prepares students for laboratory-based careers; activities include preparation of chemicals and samples for use, analysis of raw materials and products of chemical processes, set-up/ maintenance/use of chemical instrumentation. Computerised instruments and information technology are important in this work, and graduates may work in quality assurance, analysis, research, development, and production.The course aims to give students the knowledge and skills to practice chemistry in the laboratory environment.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry who have attained a minimum final average mark of 50% may proceed to Year 4 of
> Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance (ACQUA) (Level 8)
This in turn may lead to the option to proceed to postgraduate studies (MSc or PhD) in Chemistry at CIT or elsewhere.
After obtaining the Honours Degree (Level 8) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance, graduates may apply for a 2 year, full time, postgraduate study in Initial Teacher Education (120 ECTS credits). On completion, graduates are eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.
I didn’t study Chemistry for the Leaving Certificate, am I at a disadvantage?
No – the fundamentals of the three Leaving Certificate science subjects are delivered during the first semester, with chemistry being further developed as the course progresses.
What is the difference between CR 340 and CR 007?
Students commencing on the CR 007 route will have completed the ordinary BSc Degree in 3 years, while those starting on CR 340 will take 4 years to complete the Honours BSc Degree, with significant additional material being delivered in the fourth year to achieve the higher level award.
What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Numeracy, accuracy, precision; good practical and manipulative skills; an analytical approach to problem-solving, i.e. the ability to relate a numerical answer to the physical reality that it represents.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry.
Quality Control Specialist
“I graduated with the BSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and then completed the BSc (Honours) ACQUA the following year. I then worked for Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, based in the Quality Control Laboratory as part of the finished products team.
The position of a quality control specialist has plenty of variety and challenges, with many opportunities to get involved in different areas within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. I use a lot of what I learned in my Degree when dealing with my daily workload, but I appreciate it even more when troubleshooting the problems that arise from time to time.”